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Make a commitment to the future at Banyan Tree Mayakoba with carbon responsible weddings and events

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24 May 2010

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Riviera Maya, Mexico- Weddings are a celebration of life, representing a commitment to the future. Taking a step further, couples may also commit to the earth’s future as well as their own when tying the knot. Likewise, environmentally responsible meetings are not only good for the Earth, they are great for business. Planning or supplying a green meeting gives companies the competitive edge, and can even save time and money in the process when they are professionally organised at Banyan Tree Mayakoba.

Banyan Tree Mayokaba, located in a carefully preserved ecological site, is the first resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico, to offer event and wedding planners the option to hold their events in a carbon responsible manner. The carbon responsible programme comes at no additional cost to the organisers. By choosing Banyan Tree Mayakoba as the venue for their events, these companies will be playing their part to support the reforestation of areas of Mexico and provide employment to the local indigenous population, even as the resort absorbs the cost of carbon offset. This triple bottom line approach is in keeping with the Banyan Tree corporate belief that there is no need to sacrifice the environment in order to deliver a sublime experience.

Carbon responsible wedding and customised event packages have been available since April 2010. The organisers will receive an event verification certificate provided by Reforestamos Mexico. Each guest receives a wooden artefact crafted by a local workshop based in the Buenavista community, which salvages wood from trees felled by natural causes and crafts them into forms that represent the beauty of Mexico’s Riviera Maya.

Banyan Tree Mayakoba uses the internationally accredited EarthCheck Program to carefully manage and measure the amount of energy and water consumed as a result of the individual guest’s stay. A symbolic carbon measure is then offset locally through Reforestamos Mexico, a certified organisation which in turn links to the Scolel Te project. This forestry carbon sequestration initiative involves the indigenous communities of Tzeltales, Tzotziles, Choles and Lacandones in Chiapas, and the Chinanteca communities in Oaxaca. The project is based on the Plan Vivo System, using a guiding methodology for land-use based carbon project development that permits participation from cooperative farms and communities in carbon capture, biodiversity preservation, endangered species protection and the environmental services market.

About Banyan Tree Mayakoba 
Banyan Tree Mayakoba is located in picturesque Riviera Maya, Mexico’s premier beach destination fronting the Caribbean Sea. The resort is 40 minutes’ drive from Cancun International Airport and 10 minutes from the cosmopolitan town of Playa del Carmen. A total of 107 pool villas are discreetly built into the carefully conserved landscape, which preserves four ecosystems in balance – the mangroves, dunes, low forests, and coral reefs. Banyan Tree Mayakoba is the ideal setting for honeymoons, holidays, wedding parties, meeting groups, and other gatherings.

A range of unique wedding packages are available, such as the Just for Two package, priced at US$2,200++ which includes an in-villa Mayan ceremony presided by a local Shaman, surrounded by ceremonial decorations and Mayan musicians for the occasion. Meeting events are specially customised for organisers, and cost varies depending on requirements.

For further information, please contact Romance Director Ms. Josefina de Luna at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Manager, Group Sales, Ms. Cinthya Cabrera at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Guests may also call the resort directly at +52 984 877 3688, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for reservations and enquiries.

For further materials on our project partners, please visit www.earthcheck.orgwww.planvivo.org and www.ambio.org.mx/en/